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One of the longest-standing teams in the history of NPB, the Chiba Lotte Marines were founded in 1950 and they quickly became one of the most important teams in the country. Throughout their history, they have changed homes and names several times - in 1958, they changed their name to the Daimai Orions; to the Tokyo Orions in 1964; and to the Lotte Orions in 1969. Their homes were central Tokyo and Sendai, in north of Japan during this time. In 1992, the team renamed itself the Chiba Lotte Marines after they moved to Chiba City. They have kept this name to this day.
The Marines is a team that has had its share of difficulties in the early years when they went on to make it to the Japan Series in 1960 and 1970, but lost both years.
Probably in an attempt to recoup some of the splendor from the good old days and to give the team more of an American approach in their play, in 2005 they started the season with American manager Bobby Valentine. However, that did not stop the team from falling behind the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks as the year went on.
They eventually made it to the Japan series which contributed in their building some confidence in their play. They swept the Hanshin Tigers in four games from that tournament, so it will be interesting to see how they perform and keep the momentum going.
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